Last week Marc Murphy, the founder, former owner and general manager of Bronco Billy’s Casino in Cripple Creek officially retired. He’s the last of the OGs (original gangsters), the bold, underfunded entrepreneurs who launched casino gambling in Cripple Creek in 1991. And Murphy not only survived, but also thrived. He...
Growing up in midcentury America, it seemed clear to me and my buddies that anything American was superior to everything foreign. American cars were the best, perfectly suited to our spacious, optimistic land. We pitied those poor, benighted foreigners who couldn’t afford them or didn’t want to buy them....
Somehow our once-forlorn little city has become America’s beau ideal, one at or near the top of every dreary metric created to sort and classify urban areas. We’re bike-friendly, dog-friendly, veteran-friendly, reasonably affordable and blessed with an equable climate. Our economy is booming, our schools are good, our politicians are...
Spring! A time for renewal, optimism, sunny skies and an even more burgeoning local economy. According to the El Paso County Assessor, almost every homeowner in El Paso County has made a pile of money as homes magically appreciate. So go ahead and plant an ambitious garden, because even...
What do businesses want? Conversely, what do we want from businesses? Businesses want a neutral, sensibly regulated playing field that encourages entrepreneurship, growth, innovation and creative change. Disruptive technologies may threaten stagnant legacy companies, but that’s OK. The great Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter identified such “creative destruction” as the basic...
On Easter Sunday, I knew that Grace and St. Stephen’s would be crowded with worshippers, that parking would be a problem, that the pews would be uncomfortable, that my knees would be creaky and that I couldn’t check my phone during the sermon. So I wafted kind thoughts to...
It was a spirited and amiable crowd that assembled on April 16 to hear John Suthers, Bill Murray, Tom Strand and Wayne Williams take the oath of office on the south steps of the Pioneers Museum. About 500 people were there to enjoy the show, which included prayers, music,...
Let’s see — how many reasonably qualified Democrats are running for president? So many that President Trump hasn’t even bothered to give most of them derogatory nicknames, a particularly irritating (and effective!) campaign strategy in 2016. Once the frontrunners manage to sort themselves out, they can expect to be honored...
Now that the municipal elections are history we can turn our attention elsewhere and consider tangible achievements rather than empty words, futile campaigns and frustrated dreams. Let’s start with the long-frustrated dream of building the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame somewhere in Colorado Springs. First proposed almost 40...
In 2021, Colorado Springs will turn 150. Seems like a long time, but that may depend upon your perspective. My grandmother, who lived most of her long life in Colorado Springs, was born in Boston in 1871. I was born here in 1940 and am now more than half...
Eleven hopeful candidates, three seats. Everything else being equal, that gives each of them better than 4-to-1 odds of success in the April 2 Colorado Springs City Council elections. Those odds are pretty good, at least compared to those of winning a sheaf of $100 bills in Cripple Creek. Dream...
Do geezers rule national politics? Let’s see — on Nov. 3, 2020, Donald Trump will be 74, Bernie Sanders 79, Joe Biden 78, Chuck Schumer 70 and Nancy Pelosi 80. Then there are the young upstarts; Kamala Harris 56, Beto O’Rourke 48, and Cory Booker 51. And last are...